My knitting project

Baby blanket

A dear friend of mine is expecting her first baby. I was trying to decide what to make for the new baby. I like to quilt but I don’t have a space to set up and leave it to work on. I would have to set up and put away every time (I don’t think so). If I chose to make a quilt, it wouldn’t get done. So I decided to go with knitting or crocheting. First time standing in the yarn section of the department store, I was completely overwhelmed. It has been YEARS since I last made anything! (I used to knit and crochet all the time) Fingering weight, worsted, sport, huh? How much is 14 oz? Aren’t the balls in grams? Too confusing. I DID spy a yarn I thought was so soft, I knew I needed to make something with it. A week later I went back to the store, determined to get a baby blanket project.

Close up on the softness

Bernat makes this oh, so soft yarn called Baby Blanket. On the label, there are 2 free patterns, one to knit and one to crochet. Perfect! Nice and simple. Sounds like famous last words, but really it has been easy. I’m loving the feel of this blanket, it’s super soft and warm for my friend’s January baby. I’d like to make a comforter for myself except this yarn is only available in baby colours. Hmmm, I’ve always liked baby blue…

Are you working on a knitting or crochet project?

Homemade bag balm

Within the first week of having our cow, Happy, I realized the importance of a good udder butter.  She was dry and bugs were biting.  Commercial bag balms are petroleum based and come in big litre-sized, or bigger containers.  That’s a few year’s worth if you have only one cow.  So I decided to try making my own.  It turned out so easy to do and cheap!  The result is a nice thick cream that nourishes and lasts the day out in the sun and wind.  The use of essential oils is optional but why not take advantage of the properties?  Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Lavendar are both a natural antiseptic and an insect repellent.  I am using lavendar right now and it really does protect her from fly bites.  And smells good. 🙂  This cream is good for us too so spread it around!

3 Tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. beeswax
9 tsp.  hot water
20-30 drops of essential oil

Combine the olive oil and beeswax and warm until the wax melts.  Heat some water so it is the same temperature as the oil/beeswax mixture. Using a hand blender, mix and slowly add the water, 1 tsp at a time until it emulsifies and becomes thick.  Add essential oil and stir well.  Store in a clean glass container, in the fridge.

This post is part of Simple Lives Thursday blog hop hosted by GNOWFGLINS, A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa, Sustainable Eats, Culinary Bliss, and Just Making Noise.

Makin’ Mittens

I pulled apart an old sweater that I made for hubby years ago and knitted a pair of mittens for myself.  The pattern is the same for the left and right hands.  I knitted them at the same time so they’d be exactly the same without having to count rows.  The first pair I made are too small so I made another pair, the next size up. 

They fit perfectly!  Nice and warm too because they are 100% wool.

Thank you, Karen, for the idea!  🙂

Rustic Christmas centerpiece

Christmas centerpiece

It’s really easy to make! 

What you need:

  • half a log approx. 10″ long and 4 1/2″ in diameter
  • pinecones
  • 3 – dollar store taper candles
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • misc. items such as pine branches, dried berries, greenery

Drill 3 holes in the top of the log for the candles to sit in.  Place the candles in the holes as you glue pinecones around the top of the log.  Add greenery or dried berries, etc, if desired.  You could add some glitter or spray snow to simulate frost.  It’s important to use new tall candles only as this centerpiece is flammable.  As always, never leave lit candles unattended.

Total cost:

  • 4 candles for $1
  • package of glue sticks for $1
  • Pinecones and log – free

Total cost – $2